Five Products to Tackle Congested Skin

Do you struggle with blackheads and whiteheads? If so, you're not alone! Congested skin is also one of my major skin concerns. In the past, I've tried to give myself extractions to deal with clogged pores, and I have the scars to prove it. Now that I have come along in my skincare journey, I have found some products that help keep congestion at bay so I can leave the comedone extractor far from my face. Here are five of my favorite products for tackling congested skin.

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$65 USD

This detoxifying mask is excellent for targeting skin blemishes, without irritating your skin. The Zinc Oxide in this mask works to soothe, while the Sulfur and Camphor tackle breakouts and redness. This mask is best suited our friends with oily skin.


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$88 USD

I love treating myself to a mask, but sometimes I want something that’s a bit quicker. That’s where this two-minute, AHA/BHA peel comes into play. The first step of this peel makes use of exfoliating acids to remove any dead skin on your face. Then the second step aims to treat and nourish your skin with neutralizing and anti-aging ingredients. My skin looks instantly brighter after I’ve used this easy, two-step peel. With continued use, I have noticed my skin’s texture has improved.


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$72 USD

One of the downsides to most acne treatments is that they can really dry out your skin after a while. Lapis is a solution for those looking to treat blemishes while also hydrating the skin. The Azulene in this oil is both an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, while the vegetable-derived squalene acts as an emollient. I prefer to use this oil at night, layered on top of my moisturizer.


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$58 USD

If oils aren’t your thing, Herbivore still has you covered with their night treatment, Moon Fruit. The fruit enzymes in Moon Fruit gently exfoliate and resurface the skin, which makes it great for congestion. Humectants, such as Hyaluronic Acid, Kokum Butter, and Shea Butter, hydrate the skin by drawing in and holding moisture. Moon Fruit works more like a moisturizer than a mask and must be massaged into the skin. While Moon Fruit can be used during the day, with a high SPF layered on top, I prefer to use it only at night.


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$80 USD

This mask has been super hyped up since its release and for a good reason. If you can’t afford to get a facial regularly, Drunk Elephant’s Babyfacial is the next best thing with its 25% AHA and 2% BHA blend. When my skin congestion is being especially stubborn, this is the product that I turn to. My skin is instantly brighter and smoother whenever I use Babyfacial. If you’re new to acid treatments, your skin will probably sting if you start off with Babyfacial. I would recommend introducing this treatment to your skin slowly if you decide to pick it up.

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